Joint Health For Golfers
Golf may seem like a low-key sport to the casual observer, but every golfer knows there’s more to it than people think. Sure, there’s no running or tackling involved, but a game of golf demands stamina, precision, and full body coordination. As legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus once said, “Professional golfers condition to play golf; amateur golfers play golf to condition.” A successful golf swing engages the whole body, and healthy joints and strong muscles are critical to an accurate, powerful hit.
During the coordinated movement of a golf swing, we engage the joints in our hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and lower back. Maintaining strength and range of motion is essential for golfers affected by arthritis and other joint conditions. Unless these joints are properly cared for we risk serious injury, not to mention studies have shown we can potentially improve the length and speed of our swing if our joints are kept supple and strong.
Luckily, there are effective, easy steps you can take to give your joints the support they need, so you can get back on the course at the top of your game.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Being a golfer with joint pain, you’re likely familiar with how stiffness, soreness, and decreased range of motion can impair your game play. Many golfers report that a day on the course takes a particular toll on their elbows, leading to a condition coined “Golfer’s Elbow.”
Golfer’s elbow is caused by overexerting the muscles in your forearm that allow you to grip, rotate, and flex. This can lead to the tendon in your elbow pulling or tearing; causing pain and inflammation that can spread throughout the arm. Golfers have found that anti-inflammatory foods and supplements can provide powerful relief for elbow pain and bring back their best swing.